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Zotero: Start

A guide to getting started with Zotero

About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielZotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon and software program that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free.  With one click, Zotero will save web pages, books, PDFs, abstracts, and almost anything else with all its citation information.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.  You can access your citations across computers and share them with colleagues.

This program is open source and being updated with new features and bibliographic styles all the time.

For a look at more of Zotero's features, read the Zotero Quick Start Guide.

This guide is intended to get you set up and ready to use Zotero's most obvious features to improve your research and writing.  If you are looking for help with a specific problem, try the Zotero website instead.


The content of this guide is modelled on Harvard University's Zotero: Getting Started guide, the Zotero Quick Start Guide, and Jason Puckett's Zotero Guide at Georgia State University.

The content in this guide is licensed Creative Commons License